This april 4th when you go out, lend your leg and join our voices to the voice of reason, the voice of compassion.
It's time to stop the violence; it is time to stop using mines.
From all corners of the world will say to those who use it: is a horrible act, cowardly, and that enough is enough!
No more landmines!
Roll up your pants. Lend your leg.
Antipersonnel landmines are victim-activated explosive devices designed to injure or kill. Completely indiscriminate, they lie dormant for years and even decades under, on or near the ground until a person or animal triggers them. Antipersonnel mines cannot be aimed: they do not distinguish between a soldier or a civilian, between an adult or a child.
People who step on a blast antipersonnel mine will almost always suffer foot and leg injuries, and secondary infections usually resulting in amputation, especially if they don't have easy access to good healthcare's is true of most mine victims. Fragmentation mines project hundreds of metal fragments, showering their victims with deep wounds. Bounding fragmentation mines are even more powerful; they spring up about one meter to explode at the level of people's vital organs, firing lethal metal fragments to a large radius.
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